The OP's premise was that Rex "was able to net us" in terms of the drafts. I was just replying to that premise. To me, it is fairly apparent that Rex had his fingerprints all over many of the Jet picks (not all), but many. Stephen Hill be damned.
In this age, it is no longer about the entertainment value of football, it is now how much money can the league make off itself? How can the league expand into Europe to tap a new market. What new TV package can it put together to have networks drool over itself? FanDuel and DraftKings? Bring it on. More ways to get non-football fans involved in the exploitation of stats and numbers to make, what else, money! Hey, I am an old curmudgeon. I get it. And it is the way of the world today, money. But the league has become a parody of itself, and it tries to introduce more parity.
And Shaun Ellis, John Abraham, Chad Pennington, Laveranues Coles, Randy Thomas, James Farrior, Leon Johnson, Dedric Ward. Parcell's draft picks weren't all All-pros, for sure, but whet his picks did do was fortify the middle of a roster. Something the Jets did not do as Rex Ryan helped guide personnel. Also remember that for 2 years the Jets were without 1st round picks (Leon Hess's deal to get Parcells). Bottom line, if you asked me who I would rather have direct personnel, Rex Ryan or Bill Parcells, the answer is easily hands down Parcells. Let's be real here.
Hey, I have been in the camp that the NFL has been on a downward slide as a sport for the last 3 years. BUT, if you want to insinuate that the refs are in cahoots with a particular team, in order too make them or a certain player look better, I believe you are delusional. Just in last night's game alone, Brady got blindsided on a vision block after an interception that probably should have been flagged. I have seen it flagged before. If the league was so "protective", why did they not fly there?